equal·​ize | \ ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz How to pronounce equalize (audio) \
equalized; equalizing

Definition of equalize

transitive verb

1 : to make equal
2a : to compensate for
b : to make uniform especially : to distribute evenly or uniformly equalize the tax burden
c : to adjust or correct the frequency characteristics of (an electronic signal) by restoring to their original level high frequencies that have been attenuated

intransitive verb

chiefly British : to tie the score

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equalization \ ˌē-​kwə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce equalization (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for equalize


balance, equate, even, level

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Examples of equalize in a Sentence

They are hoping to equalize pay for workers with similar jobs. Educational opportunities have not yet equalized. trying to equalize the pressure
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Opening windows supposedly allows the higher air pressure inside the house to equalize with the lower pressure of the storm and prevent a devastating explosion. Kiona Smith-strickland, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind 7 Common Tornado Myths," 9 July 2019 In the fourth minute, Kevaughn Frater left booted the ball on the hop into the net to equalize and force extra time. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "New Mexico United upsets Rapids on penalty kicks," 12 June 2019 Atlanta actually scored first in the title match, but Serrano quickly equalized with his first of two goals while Gonzalez, Ocampo-Chavez and Diaz potted the others. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "While MLS squad struggles, Sounders youth academy provides optimism," 24 July 2018 An equalizing goal would send the match into two, 15-minute periods of extra time. Thom Craver, CBS News, "Women's World Cup: U.S. defeats France, 2-1," 28 June 2019 Jennifer Hermoso equalizes for Spain in the ninth minute. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup recap: Megan Rapinoe lifts U.S. to a 2-1 win over Spain," 24 June 2019 With her first couple of touches of the contest, Evans scored the equalizing goal as Orlando drew 2-2 on the road against Houston on Saturday. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Danica Evans goal salvages draw for Orlando Pride against Houston Dash," 16 June 2019 Louden said city staff in 2020 will look at the overall cost of commuting and try to equalize it between the two stations in Naperville. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "City Council hears plans to address long wait lists, commuter permit abuse at Naperville train station," 7 June 2019 In the final minute, Ronaldo had whipped in a free kick to equalize for Portugal against Spain; Messi, presented with a similar set play, his third of the game, scuffed his shot into the wall. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Lionel Messi, Argentina Left Frustrated After Being Denied in Iceland Draw," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of equalize

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of equalize

: to make (something) equal or to become equal
: to make (something) even or to become even
British, sports : to tie the score


equal·​ize | \ ˈē-kwə-ˌlīz How to pronounce equalize (audio) \
equalized; equalizing

Kids Definition of equalize

: to make even or equal

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